'Our town faces a bus drought'
BRADLEY Stoke councillors are stepping up their campaign against what they fear will be a "bus drought" in the town.
Wessex Connect is set to cut five bus services for the town next month. Commuters and councillors fear this will leave the south of Bradley Stoke without a daytime bus service in and out of Bristol, six days a week.
From May 20, Wessex Connect will be cutting the U7, U7A, U8, which service the town, and the Monday-Saturday 482/483 service between Chipping Sodbury and Cribbs Causeway.
South Gloucestershire Council's Integrated Transport Unit (ITU) has been asked to investigate the potential for alternative provision.
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In a joint statement, Conservative councillors for Bradley Stoke South, Rob Jones and John Ashe, said: "We're facing a bus drought, which is ridiculous when you consider the large number of residents who live here. We have been contacted by many local residents who are concerned at the impact that Wessex Connect's actions will have on them.
"We are pleased that council officers are working up options to minimise the effect on our residents who depend on public transport for getting around. When we hear bus companies say that they cannot make a bus service commercially viable from a town the size of Bradley Stoke to major destinations like the city centre and Cribbs Causeway, you really have to question the competence of these companies' management."
A series of meetings involving officers, councillors and possibly transport providers over the coming weeks will discuss any alternatives to the problem. The Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Ben Walker, is asking any social enterprise or community transport providers in the area to get in contact if they can help, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a letter to customers, Wessex Connect said: "Wessex continues to face challenges in the current economic climate with continued cost increases and limited opportunity to increase existing revenue without extortionate price increases.
"Following the recent decision by the Chancellor to continue with the fuel duty rate increase planned for August 2012, along with the reduction in Bus Service Operator's Grant by 20 per cent from April 2012 and current increasing fuel costs, we have reviewed our network of services and ability to operate services within the current climate."